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X:1 T:Jolly Old Woman, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air or Jig B:Manson - Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 1 (1846, p. 30) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Amin E|EAA {B}A>GA|{GA}B2A G>AB|{B}c2B A>Bc|{c}B>AB {a}g>^fg| e2d c>de|dBA GAB|{AB}c>BA GED|EAA A2:| |:e|e^f^g a2c'|b2 (3c'/b/a/ =g2b|a2 (3b/a/g/ e2^f|g2 (3a/g/f/ d2=f| e2 (3f/e/d/ c2e|dBA GAB|c>BA GED|EAA A2:|]

JOLLY OLD WOMAN (An tseabbhean sultmhar). AKA and see "Humors of Bandon," "Humors of Listivain," “Plangsty Callagh,” “Terry's Rambles." Irish, Jig (6/8 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. As “The Humours of Listivain” the jig appears in Jackson’s Celebrated Irish Tunes (c. 1775), a collection of compositions of the famous 18th century gentleman piper Walker ‘Piper’ Jackson of the townland of Lisduan in the parish of Ballingarry, Aughrim, County Limerick. However, it appears the tune is older than this, known as “The Humours of Bandon” as far back as 1690 when the Irish (who had learned it from the supporters of William III) played it when they sacked Kilbrogan (Winstock, 1970, p. 26). A version of the tune was entered into the mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork uilleann piper and Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 619. Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 1), 1846; p. 30.

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